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Ignition key won't turn and transmission won't shift, and steering wheel keeps turning while the key is out of the ignigtion

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  • pofieldiii28 Sep 26, 2008

    Having the same problem, just left the dealership after $600 worth of work. Drove fine for two days now the key will not turn, gear will not shift and steering wheel does not lock. I am six hours from my dealer and need a solution fast......

  • klatkinpa Nov 24, 2008

    99 Alero key won't turn in ignition. Tried graghite on the key, tried disconnecting battery for 30 sec. Happened last month and 10 minutes of cursing, wiggling the key, etc. and (randomly?) the key just simply turned all of a sudden when I put it in. I use coped keys routinely but the factory key didn't work either.

  • garytownsend Jan 10, 2009

    i have the same problem. key wont turn, cant shift from park. steering wheel turns and wont lock. if and when it does then key turns and car starts but without the steering wheel locking then key wont turn. tried disconnecting battery for 30 seconds and still nothing.


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I have a 2003 Oldmobile Alero. I tried to take my key out of the ignition but the key will only stay in the "ACC" position.The car will go into park but I can't get the key out. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?


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I was shopping for a winter beater and found a 99 Alero. The dealer and I had a "B" of a time getting the key to turn. You had to push it in, pull it out a micron, cross your eyes, stick out your tounge and turn it to get it to work. 181000 + miles of wear on the ignition key had it worn down pretty good. The dealer remade the key with the key code from the manufacturer (NOT just recut from the old key) and it turned like a charm. He also said something about the old key having to be in it, removed and then the new key inserted withing 3 seconds, so the "chip" (which is in the ignition switch) can memorize the new key. (?) Sounds hokey but he got it to work. My understanding is that without the key in the on position you can't move the shifter. Good luck.

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